9 Types of Pillow Cases

Author: Manchester Collection  Date Posted:26 August 2022 

Looking for the perfect pillow case? We've got you covered! We've compiled a list of 9 different types of pillow cases to help you find the perfect one.

It’s important to note that pillowcases do much more than protect your pillows from dirt, stains, and dust. They also add an attractive and comfortable touch to your bed and can turn your pillows into a decoration statement.

There are various types of pillowcases and the one you need and want will depend on multiple factors. If you’re thinking about how you need a new pillowcase but don’t know which one to get, you’ve come to the right place where you can make an informed decision. 


Pillowcase design

Green pillow case from Manchester Collection

Not all pillow cases are the same, just like not all pillows are the same. In your journey of finding the perfect pillowcase, you need to start by choosing the design you want.


Housewife pillowcase

We’re starting with the most popular and common type of pillowcase that you can find in every home, and that design is known as Housewife. These types of pillowcases have one side that is sewn closed and the other side has a wide opening in which you fit your pillowcase.

If you have the right size, the pillow should fit in perfectly and cover it snugly from all sizes. Since this is the most generic and most used type of pillowcase, it’s also typically the most cost-effective choice. You can find housewife pillowcases in every shop that sells bedding.


Oxford pillowcase

Next on our list is the Oxford pillowcase, which is also very common but a bit fancier than the traditional Housewife pillowcase. The edges are encircled with a border that is approximately two inches wide, and the Oxford pillowcase is typically seen as decorative.

There are also Mock Oxford pillowcases which shouldn’t be confused with regular Oxford ones. They are more elegant and while they’re very similar, the mock version doesn’t have mitred corners as the regular one.

It’s also important to point out that these pillowcases are more difficult to change, so they’re not ideal for everyday use.


Bag style pillowcases

If you’ve ever spent a night in a hotel, you have probably come across Bag pillowcases. They are frequently used in the hospitality industry because they’re incredibly easy to use. They come with an opening on one side that makes it easy to insert the pillow.

However, the difference is that there isn’t an inner flap that will keep the pillow inside the pouch. Instead, people who use Bag pillowcases often fold the opening flap, tuck it under the pillow itself, and that is how they keep it in place.

These are undoubtedly the most low-maintenance pillowcases you can find on the market. While they are typically used in hotels and B&B’s, it’s not uncommon to see them in households as well.


Throw pillowcases

As you can probably guess from the name itself, throw pillowcases are used solely for throw pillows. These pillows are intended for decorative purposes and you can throw them anywhere you want to add a splash of style, no matter if it’s your bed, couch, or chair.

The difference between throw pillowcases and the other ones on our list is that they weren’t designed with the intention that someone should sleep on them.

That means that they typically aren’t good at gathering sweat and oil that might be produced during the night. However, they can still protect your pillow from dust and dirt.


Pillowcase fabrics

Oblong pillow case - Manchester Collection

When choosing the fabric for your pillowcase, you need to know what you’re expecting to get. Think about what kind of sleep quality you’re looking for. Each fabric has its benefits, and if you know the ones you’re looking for, it will be easier to choose.



We’re starting with the most popular and most commonly used material in bedding, cotton. This natural fabric is very durable and soft which means that it guarantees a good night’s sleep. It also stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer, so no matter the season, you will stay comfortable.

The many features and benefits of cotton make it the perfect bedding material. It’s hypoallergenic, naturally sustainable, versatile, and comfortable. It’s very easy to find cotton pillowcases in all sizes and various colours since the fabric is so frequently used.

They come in various thread options: 1000 thread, 400 thread

And if you want to go one step beyond, you might opt for Egyptian cotton. This is the most comfortable type of cotton in the world and bedding made out of it is luxury at its finest. And if you pair a cotton pillowcase with Egyptian cotton sheets, you will certainly feel the difference.

Even though Egyptian cotton is one of the most expensive materials used in bedding, the extra price is worth it not only because of the comfort but also because your pillowcases will last much longer.



If you’re looking for a more affordable yet still comfortable solution for your pillowcases, polyester may be your new best friend. This synthetic fabric is very lightweight and wrinkle-resistant, so it’s a great choice for those who want to keep their bed looking neat at all times.

The way your polyester pillowcases feel will depend on the way the fabric was spun. Some types of polyester are woven into a microfiber and are made to feel very similar to cotton. And in other cases, it can feel like silk but that fabric is known as satin.

However, if you do opt for polyester, you need to know that this fabric can run very hot because it absorbs the heat from your body. This isn’t ideal for the summertime or people who like to have their pillowcases cool at all times.



As we already mentioned, polyester woven in a way that makes it feel like silk is better known as satin. If you’re looking to add some sophistication and comfort to your bedroom,satin pillowcases are a good choice. This fabric is very popular and comes with a plethora of benefits.

As we said, it’s very soft and comfortable, but it’s also incredibly flexible. As an added bonus, it’s shiny like silk and stays cool, which makes it perfect for the summer months, unlike regular polyester. This cool factor is achieved thanks to the shiny finish created during the weaving process.



It’s hard to find a material that is luxurious as silk. Even though silk bedding is more expensive than cotton or polyester bedding, the elegance and style that come with silk pillowcases are hard to match. They’re beloved by people of great taste and high standards.

You can be sure that a silk pillowcase will go with any sort of décor you have in your bedroom and will add a touch of style that is hard to beat. Also, these pillowcases aren’t only beautiful, but they’re also great for your skin and can reduce facial wrinkles.



Velvet is another very luxurious fabric that adds to your bedroom’s aesthetic value. It’s incredibly sleek and has an association with aristocracy. Most people think that velvet bedding is better for winter seasons, but while the fabric is very warm, you can use it year-round if it’s made out of natural materials.

Velvet pillowcases are a great choice if you’re someone who loves the feel and texture this fabric provides. They come in various colours and sizes, and you can easily find the perfect one that will accompany your style and décor flawlessly.


Different sizes and shapes of pillowcases 

U shaped pillow case in pink

In our range of pillow cases, not only will you find bedding made out of the best material and beautiful colours, but you’ll also find pillowcases that can accommodate the size of your pillows.

The sizes we offer are European, standard, king, and queen. Just make sure you get the right size so your bedding fits snugly and your pillow doesn’t fall out or get squished. As for the different shapes we offer, there are two you can choose from:

●      Regular square pillows

●      U shape pillows

Not only will you have a choice between shape and size, but we also carry a selection from a wide range of different brands.


Is a pillowcase necessary?

Sometimes it may seem tempting to sleep on a pillow without any protective covering. After all, pillows are sturdy and fluffy, especially when they’re new, and they look very inviting. But despite that, just like you should never sleep on a mattress that doesn’t have a sheet, your pillow needs a pillowcase.

Pillowcases have many purposes and benefits, but their main one is to protect both your pillow and your face. If you don’t have that protective cover, you will be exposing your face to a lot of bacteria and your pillow to a lot of moisture and oil, so it’s best to keep that pillowcase on at all times.

Additionally, don’t forget you need to wash and replace your pillowcase regularly. With this regular maintenance, you will be able to remove all of the dirt, sweat, and oils that accumulated on the fabric during the night.

You should replace and wash your pillowcase at least once every two weeks. However, those who want to prevent skin issues should do it once a week and those who have skin prone to acne should change them once every two to three days.



Pillowcases, sheets, and quilt covers are more than just an accessory. They provide protection, style, and comfort, but only if you make the right choice. And choosing the perfect pillowcase should come easy to you after reading this guide.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer silk or satin, if you want something that will keep you cool or warm, or if you’re looking for a pillowcase that shows off your artistic side. The choice is ultimately up to you, just make sure to choose wisely, and sleep tight!

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